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"Desde que" is a conjunction which is often translated as "since", and "presente" is an adjective which is often translated as "present". Learn more about the difference between "desde que" and "presente" below.
desde que(
dehs
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deh
 
keh
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (general)
a. since
No lo he vuelto a ver desde que cambió de trabajo.I haven't seen him since he changed jobs.
b. ever since
Desde que Sarita aprendió a coser, ha hecho toda la ropa de sus hijos.Ever since Sarita learned how to sew, she has made all of her children's clothes.
c. from the moment
No para de llorar desde que se levanta hasta que se acuesta.He doesn't stop crying from the moment he gets up to the moment he goes to bed.
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presente(
preh
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sehn
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teh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in space)
a. present
Mi hermana no estuvo presente en mi boda porque estaba dando a luz.My sister was not present at my wedding because she was giving birth.
b. here
¿Roberto Gómez? - ¡Presente!Roberto Gómez? - Here!
2. (in time)
a. current
En lo que va del presente año, las ventas han aumentado un 10%.In the current year, sales have increased 10%.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (time)
a. present
Vive en el presente y deja ir el pasado.Live in the present and let the past go.
4. (grammar)
a. present tense
No son las conjugaciones del presente que me dan problemas, son las del pretérito.It's not the present tense conjugations that give me trouble, it's the preterite.
b. present
El cuento se narra en el presente.The story is told in the present.
5. (something given)
a. present
Le traje un presente, señor Smith. Espero que le guste.I've brought a present for you, Mr. Smith. I hope you like it.
b. gift
El embajador de India eligió un anillo de oro como presente para el presidente de Francia.The Indian ambassador chose a gold ring as a gift for the president of France.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
6. (in correspondence)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Por la presente le comunico que ha sido aceptado en nuestra facultad.I am writing to inform you that you have been accepted as a member of our faculty.
Por medio de la presente le informo que renuncio a mi puesto como contador.I hereby inform you that I am resigning from my position as accountant.
presentes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (gathered group)
a. those present
La mayoría de los presentes votó a favor del nuevo presupuesto.The majority of those present voted in favor of the new budget.
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